Immersion Program FAQ

2020 IMMERSION DOCTOR CARE PROGRAM

This program combines individual coaching and a community of like-minded doctors, enhancing personal and professional development. In particular building ‘soft’ skills like communication, leadership, emotional regulation and compassion and growing skills and knowledge that preventing burnout, for a long term medical career.


Who is the ideal candidate?

Doctors at any stage of their career, who are keen to:

  • learn new skills in working with people and taking care of themselves more effectively
  • bring their humanity to work, sharing personal experiences of working in medicine
  • be curious about the impact of mindfulness, compassion and self awareness in the work they do, for self and for others.

This program is designed to develop and challenge doctors. It is NOT therapy or counselling. The immersion program will help build your skills to enable you to be an extraordinary, humanitarian doctor. Doctors from nearly every college/ craft have used our programs to develop their skills and understanding of medicine.

What is the Program Structure?

1. 6 x 1 hour of individual coaching with Sharee that is action oriented and future focused. You determine the content: your goals, your development.

2. 26 hours of retreat and workshop, building a community of practice, doctors learning and testing new skills together in a safe environment.

You will have the opportunity to personally grow your self care capacity, self-awareness, mindfulness, empathy, compassion and leadership skills. You will learn about your own unconscious bias, emotional intelligence and how to prevent burnout. We will practise and challenge these skills together in retreat, workshops and in coaching. You will be encouraged to read and practise on your own and will be asked to keep a journal as a means of reflection.

Teaching will call on the latest science, case studies, guided practices and small group conversations.

How will this help me in my job?

As you build the skills of mindfulness, compassion and awareness, you are likely to become less stressed, less overwhelmed and less distracted. As you increase your mindful presence, you will become more focused, engaged and make better decisions. This increases efficiency, and productivity as well as making you more available to creative ideas and insights. You will also increase your capacity to connect with other people and respond in wiser ways to everyday events as well as significant challenges, upsets and difficult relationships.

You will have the opportunity to enhance your practice rather than “just surviving” despite the system. You will have the opportunity to build skills and feel supported so that you can deliver the best possible care to your patients and be well yourself.

What will I receive and be able to do once I complete the program?

You will develop your own goals for the program that you will continue to develop and review in your individual coaching with Sharee throughout the year.

You will spend time and effort reflecting and reviewing how mindfulness, unconscious bias, empathy, compassion and self-awareness impacts on health – your own and that of your patients.

You will have the opportunity to challenge and test your experiences in a safe environment, learning from each other and the faculty.

You will be able to develop your practice with wholeheartedness and be an extraordinary doctor by your own design, not simply by default, in a big healthcare system. Be more than a survivor of medicine, bring your authentic self to work and let that sustain you. Doctors completing our Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program say they are “thriving” because of the skills they have learnt during their immersion. They often say their family notices they are different and they say they feel well and are enjoying their work again.

Can compassion can be learnt? Why would I want to be more compassionate?

Compassion can be learnt and has significant benefits for patients’ health outcomes and for health care professionals’ health too. 
Stephen Trzeciak is an Intensive Care Doctor at Cooper University Health Care in the USA.  You can listen to his podcast, read his ideas or watch his Ted talk for a summary of some of the research showing that caregiver compassion has a strong evidence base, that the science of compassion is part of the art of medicine. 

Where is the Melbourne Program – retreats and workshops?

Each Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program includes three retreats. In 2020 both programs will be held in the Melbourne CBD with the venue details confirmed in late January 2020 and forwarded to all registrants. Two dinners are included in the registration fee (meals only).
Participants will receive all relevant information via email – please make sure you have provided the most appropriate email address when you register for the program.

 

What is the investment?

You should allow 6 hours for coaching, 26 hours plus travel to the workshops and retreats for the program between February and November. Sharee will visit you or work with you on Zoom for your coaching sessions. And a minimum of 20 hours during the program for private reflection, reading and so on (pre and post each retreat).

2020 Melbourne – Group A

27-28 March, 17 – 18 July, 13 – 14 November

Early Early Bird  | $6,270 closes 31 December 2019
Early Bird | $6,930 closes 31 January 2020
Full price |  $7,590 closes 21 February 2020

Registrations close 21 February 2020.

2020 Melbourne – Group B

17-18 April, 7-8 August, 27-28 Nov

Early Early Bird  | $6,270 closes 31 December 2019
Early Bird | $6,930 closes 31 January 2020
Full price |  $7,590 closes 5 March 2020

Registrations close 5 March 2020.

Dates and details:

The Melbourne program group work is provided as three overnight retreats commencing at 2pm on Friday and finishing at 3pm on Saturday.

The dates for 2020 are now open.

2020 Melbourne Retreat
The Melbourne program group work is provided as three overnight retreats commencing at 2pm on Friday and finishing at 3pm on Saturday.
27 and 28 March 2020
17 and 18 July 2020
13 and 14 November 2020
Please allow time for reading, mindful practice and journal writing. This will be at your own discretion.
Please note there is NO Gippsland program in 2020 Gippsland program group work is offered in four gatherings of the group (the next Gippsland Program is planned for 2021):
February - 24 hour overnight retreat, commence 2pm Friday - finish 3pm Saturday
3 May and 9 August - workshops 10am - 3pm
November - 24 hour overnight retreat in, commence 2pm Friday - finish 3pm Saturday
Registration for our Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program will open in September each year.
The programs will run beginning February - end November/December.
Please join our mailing list to be the first to know future dates and locations for our programs.

Can I receive CPD points for this program?

Yes as self directed learning and in line with your personal learning plan.

Is the program tax deductible?

Please check with your accountant or financial advisers. In most circumstances that we are aware of, you can claim the program as professional development (CME) and the costs are therefore tax deductible.

Can my employer sponsor my participation in the program?

Yes, you can pay for yourself as described above or your employer can pay for your registration in the program. Often employers offer training like this as a means of supporting their staff and/ or as part of professional development and learning programs. You can request that we invoice your employer at the time of your application phone call with Sharee. Your place is not secured in the program until payment is received.

Why do I have to pay the full fees of the program at the beginning? 

Our Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program is exactly that – completely absorbed with the care of doctors.  We have found that this is a very powerful way for people to commit to their own deep learning. Immersive learning needs a high level of commitment and trust that continues and deepens over time, creating a very safe environment for people to experiment with ideas and emotions. This is one way we invite doctors to fully commit to the learning and development that they have decided they are ready for.

If after completing the whole program you are not satisfied that the program has delivered what we promise – development of your ‘soft’ skills – emotional regulation, communication, compassion and so on we will reimburse you 50% of your fees.

Our Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program is not for everyone.  You must be ready and willing to making a serious commitment to your own personal development in the service of better care of yourself and your patients.

I’m interested in developing my leadership skills, will this program help?

Yes. Mindful leaders recognise the skills such as self-awareness, authenticity and compassion are essential – not just optional – for the success of individuals, organisations and entire industries.

The current way of work isn’t satisfactory for many people. There are unprecedented levels of stress, exhaustion and overwhelm across workplaces. This creates a work culture of people running on autopilot, unfocused and disengaged. Stress is costing Australian businesses over $17 billion a year (Medibank Private 2008) and absenteeism is estimated to cost $6.4 billion a year. Mindful leadership is a great way to bring out the best in people and create a workplace that is purposeful, innovative, successful and kind. You will learn much more about this in our Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program.

Is the Immersion Program evidence based?

Yes, this program draws upon decades of scientific research in the realms of psychology, medicine, and neuroscience, as well as well-regarded and accepted theories of emotional, relational, and collective intelligence. The principles of mindfulness and compassion have been scientifically examined at places like the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the University of Wisconsin’s Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, and Stanford University’s School of Medicine.

The results of our 2018 and 2019 programs will be shared in 2020.  We are very interested to measure and understand how the program affects doctor experience and skills. We will ask you to complete some pre and post inventories as part of the program.

I’m new to these ideas, will I still benefit?

Everyone can benefit from reflection and understanding themselves better. This program is a combination of individual and small group work so that everyone’s needs can be met. Sharee and Liz bring a depth and breadth of experience in leadership, medicine, psychology, teaching and mindfulness to the program. One of the most obvious benefits is learning to calm our minds and balance our nervous systems so that we can shift away from running on adrenaline to more sustainable modes of operating. Many doctors say that they like their work but would cope better with more support.

Our Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program  is using the combination of individual coaching and small groups of like minded doctors who are ready to stretch and grow as an effective way of delivering support, to enhance the experience and well being of the doctor.  100% of the doctors who have completed or are currently in the program say they are benefiting from the program and that they feel supported by the combination of coaching and group work.

What if my work culture doesn’t support this kind of practice?

We believe that mindfulness, compassion and greater self awareness helps shift an organisation from a short-term focus and driven mode to a longer-term, more compassionate way of operating. Most organisations that have transitioned towards this way of working have done so, one person, one team and one choice at a time. This program invites you to be the leader the world needs in your own life, in your organisation and for your patients. It asks you to get in touch with your capacity to make a difference in your own life and your organisation’s culture.

To date, twenty-five percent of the doctors in the program have been sponsored by their organisation usually using CME funds. This is a way for the employer organisation to support the doctor participant’s skill development. The most powerful way to create change is when the individuals and the organisation are working toward the same change. You can decide to participate in the program for your own benefit or for the impact it might have in your organisation. Both are valid reasons. Remember we aim to improve doctor wellbeing, to reduce doctor burnout and to improve patient health outcomes.

Sometimes individuals lead organisations to change, “be the change you want to see in the world” (Ghandi).

What happens after I finish the Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program (SICDP)?

We are growing a community of practice.  Doctors who have completed the SIDCP have access to an annual retreat (48 hours), dinners and workshops. They are connected to each other and feel supported knowing that there are other doctors who are interested to grow their skills in understanding people, in leadership, emotions, compassion and a long term career in medicine. All of this adds to their sense of wellbeing. As our community grows this community is also developing.  Once you have completed our Signature Immersion Doctor Care Program you will also be a part of this community if you choose.

More Questions?

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any more questions, feel free to email Sharee via the button below.